Danish guitarist Soren Reiff introduced the smooth
jazz world to his work with the debut album Funky Flavas
(2003), which was reviewed in our retrospective. His sophomore album
Miss You was released in October, 2010.
As if he knew the day would come when
the United States would normalize
relations with Cuba, six-time Grammy
nominee Wayne Wallace celebrates the
deepening cultural connection between
the two nations. Intercambio
(Patois Records, 2015) brings the Wayne
Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet together with
several additional players.
Calvin Napper is a natural born drummer. Although
addicted to gospel music he pursues his musical
destination in smooth jazz or more precisely
funk. Sticks Of Praise (1999) and Soul Rhythms
(2005) are his previous works. His new album is
entitled Good Vibes (2015) and already available
Spanish bassist Juan Carlos Mendoza gained my attention
through his CD Thanks To Life, an album
with many musical surprises. His debut album from 2005
is entitled Mediterranova and shows the origins
of this remarkable artist.
George Anderson’s bass has underpinned the sound of the
hugely successful British jazz-funk outfit Shakatak
since 1981. His very satisfying solo albums “Positivity”
(2009) and “Expressions” (2012) have secured his
reputation as a solo artist – and an invitation to
fulfil a dream of playing in front of South African fans
in December 2014.